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Since Metro kicked off the first services in January 2007, 11
million passengers journeys have been made on its Free Town and
City Buses in Bradford, Dewsbury, Huddersfield, Leeds and
That's enough to fill more than 122 Wembley Stadiums!
"Metro's squad of Free Town and City Buses are in a league of
their own," said over-the-moon Metro Chairman Cllr Ryk Downes. "Our
goal when our buses made their debut was to play a major role in
making it easier for passengers to pass across our towns and cities
and encourage people to transfer to the bus instead of their cars,
thus reducing congestion and cutting down on CO2 emissions, which
is the result we all want.
"As we pass the 11 million journey mark, our 6-3-2-2-2 formation
of buses will continue to score with customers and make it easier
to get people to the places they need to go, from shops to the
workplace, from college to hospitals, and helping to keep West
Yorkshire if not the World in Motion."
FreeCity and FreeTown bus services run every few minutes from early
morning until early evening, Mondays to Saturdays providing a
quick, convenient way of getting around town and city centres.
Their routes are designed to connect bus and rail stations with
shopping centres, hospitals, colleges and universities, and key
business and leisure locations.
FreeBuses have contributed to the reduction of city and town
centre congestion by encouraging people to leave their cars at home
and use connecting trains and buses instead. They have also been
shown to have increased numbers of shopping trips, and have enabled
people with mobility problems or with buggies, small children or
large packages to carry, to make journeys they would not otherwise
"The FreeBus services' operators have told us that feedback from
passengers has been very positive," added Cllr Downes. "And I'm
pleased to report that not one of those 11 million passengers has
been as sick as a parrot "
At the end of May, the breakdown of passenger numbers centre by
centre were as follows:
• Leeds - 6,781,781
• Bradford - 1,541,938
• Wakefield - 1,470,093
• Huddersfield - 1,107,435
• Dewsbury - 75,291
• Total - 10,976,538
The 11-million mark has been passed in the subsequent 10